On the tenth anniversary of its leading gay rights decision, Lawrence v. Texas, the Supreme Court ruled that the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), passed in 1996 in haste to ward off same-sex marriage in the states, is unconstitutional. As in Lawrence, Justice Kennedy wrote the majority opinion in United States v. Windsor, and the more conservative justices dissented.
Joanna L. Grossman,
DOMA is Dead: The Supreme Court Rules in United States v. Windsor that the Defense of Marriage Act is Unconstitutional VERDICT
Available at: http://scholarlycommons.law.hofstra.edu/faculty_scholarship/976